The NEMIGLSI network operates through a shared leadership model managed by an administrative team, guided by a regional leadership team, and supported by the statewide Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. All schools and communities serve as contributing partners and advisors.

Network Coordinator Meag Schwartz facilitates school-community partnershipsMeag Schwartz Headshot that engage students in place-based stewardship education. She contributes to NEMIGLSI’s mission of empowering youth to be
valued partners in protecting the Great Lakes and natural resources through hands-on learning in and with their communities. She has a BS in Biology from Alma College and an MS in Environmental Science from Indiana University.

500 West Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI 49707

meag.nemiglsi@gmail.com

Phone: (989) 884-6216

Administrative Team

Administrative Team partners provide day-to-day management of NEMIGLSI network activities; they are responsible for managing network finances and reporting, fostering school-community relationships, and facilitating programmatic activities. The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan serves as the fiscal agent for the NEMIGLSI network.

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Brandon Schroeder

Senior Extension Educator

Michigan Sea Grant

Michigan State University Extension

603 South Eleventh Ave.

Alpena, MI 49707

Phone: (989) 354-9885

schroe45@msu.edu

MSU Extension

Tracy D'Augustino

Extension Educator

Michigan State University Extension

320 South State St.

Harrisville, MI 48740

Phone: (989) 724-6478

daugustt@msu.edu

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Emily Vogelgesang

Environmental Education Coordinator

Huron Pines

4241 Old US 27 South, Suite 2

Gaylord, MI 49735

Phone: (989) 278-8325

emily@huronpines.org

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Patrick Heraghty

Executive Director

Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan

100 North Ripley, Suite F

Alpena, MI 49707

Phone: (989) 354-6881

pheraghty@cfnem.org

Leadership Team  

 

Leadership Team partners provide resources and expertise, with their hands in the dirt and feet in the water, alongside youth engaged in PBSE projects.  In addition they aid in NEMIGLSI goal development and prioritization.

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Sienna Suszek

4-H Supervising Educator

Michigan State University Extension

603 South Eleventh Ave.

Alpena, MI 49707

Phone: (989) 354-9877

suszek@msu.edu

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Bob Thomson

APS Teacher Representative

Thunder Bay Junior High

3500 S Third Ave.

Alpena, MI 49707

Phone: (989) 358-5400

thomsonr@alpenaschools.com

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Helen-Ann Cordes

Career Navigator

Alcona Community Schools

51 N. Barlow Road

Lincoln, MI 48742

Phone: (989) 736-8534

cordesh@alconaschools.net

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Scott Reynolds

Superintendent

Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona ESD

2118 US 23 South
Alpena, MI 49707
Phone: (989) 354-3101
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Rich Marshall

Director of Instructional Services

Cheboygan-Otsego-Presque Isle ESD

6065 Learning Lane

Indian River, MI 49749

Phone: (231) 238-9394

marshallr@copesd.org 

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Amanda Weinert

Curriculum Specialist

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

7500 Odawa Circle

Harbor Springs, MI 49740

Phone: (231) 242-1483

aweinert@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov

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Blake Gingrich

State Park Supervisor

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

5001 US-23

Rogers City, Michigan 49779

Phone: (989) 734-2543

gingrichb@michigan.gov

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Eric Ostrander

State Park Supervisor

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

248 State Park Rd

Harrisville, Michigan 48740

Phone: (989) 724-5126

OstanderE1@michigan.gov

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Laura Percival

Regional Director, NE Michigan Region

MiSTEM Network

6065 Learning Lane

Indian River, MI 49749

Phone: (231) 238-9394

percival@copesd.org

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Sue Keller

President

Friends of Negwegon State Park

Phone: (989) 724-6653

alcosmk@gmail.com

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Scott Steensma

Onaway Schools Teacher Representative

Onaway High School

4549 M-33

Onaway, MI 49765

Phone: (989) 733-4800

scott.steensma4@gmail.com

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Brittany VanderWall

District Forest

Presque Isle Conservation District

658 S Bradley Hwy

Rogers City, MI 49779

Phone: (989) 734-4000

brittany.vanderwall@macd.org

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Stephanie Gandulla

Research & Media Coordinator

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NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

500 West Fletcher

Alpena, MI 49707

Phone: (989)-884-6212

steph.gandulla@noaa.gov

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Heather Rawlings

Fish and Wildlife Biologist

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Coordinator

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

480 West Fletcher

Alpena, MI 49707

Phone: (989) 356-5011

heather_rawlings@fws.gov

Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

The Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative 501(c)3 serves as a liaison for national place-based education networks and scholarship, state education partners and initiatives and other state GLSI network hubs; and also providing administrative, fundraising, program development, and evaluation services.